ground bass
noun Date: 1696 a short bass passage continually repeated below constantly changing melody and harmony

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  • Ground bass — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground-bass — groundˈ bass noun (music) A bass part constantly repeated with varying melody and harmony • • • Main Entry: ↑ground …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground bass — ground′ bass′ [[t]beɪs[/t]] n. mad a short bass part repeated throughout a musical movement • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • ground bass — n. Music a short phrase, usually of four to eight measures, played repeatedly in the bass against the melodies and harmonies of the upper parts …   English World dictionary

  • ground bass — /bays/, Music. a short fundamental bass part continually repeated throughout a movement. [1690 1700] * * * ▪ music also called  basso ostinato (Italian: “obstinate bass”)        in music, a short, recurring melodic pattern in the bass part of a… …   Universalium

  • ground bass — noun a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated • Hypernyms: ↑bass, ↑bass part, ↑ostinato * * * noun : a bass passage usually of four or eight measures continually repeated below constantly changing melody and harmony called also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground bass — noun Music a short bass theme which is constantly repeated as the other parts of the music vary …   English new terms dictionary

  • ground bass — /graʊnd ˈbeɪs/ (say grownd bays) noun a short repeated bass line over which varying melodies or rhythmic patterns are used …   Australian English dictionary

  • ground bass — short low pitched rhythm that is repeated throughout a piece of music …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ground — (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of the earth; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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